I know, I’m a bit late. The good thing is that Almond Cookies, a traditional treat of Chinese New Year are delicious all year round.
These are my absolute favourite variety of cookie… they are crisp and almost explode in your mouth, but still slightly tender in the centre. Bursting with almond flavour from three sources, Almond Cookies are meant to symbolize good fortune in Chinese culture. Having these cookies in the house is anything but good fortune for my diet though, they are delicious and so addictive!
Almond Cookies – Adapted from Table for Two
- 1 1/3 cup ground almonds (almond flour)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs – divided
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- blanched whole almonds (about 50 to be safe, you’ll need one per cookie and I got about 4 dozen)
In stand mixer with paddle attachment (or by hand), cream together the butter, almond flour and salt. Let the mixer go about 3 minutes. Then add one of the eggs along with the almond extract and mix to combine. Break the other egg into a small bowl, beat with a fork and set aside. Add in the flour and sugar and mix until it comes together. At this point you might find it easier to work together by hand as it will be crumbly. Once the dough comes together, form it into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and set in the fridge for at least an hour.
Take off bits of the dough, pinch together and roll into small balls about an inch in diameter.
Using a glass or measuring cup, flatten the cookies into coin shapes (as soon as I shot this photo, I realized it would be much easier to put a small piece of parchment between the dough and the measuring cup to prevent sticking).
Brush the cookies with the reserved beaten egg.
Push a blanched almond into the centre of each cookie and bake in a preheated 325 degree (convection) oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden on top (they may take a couple of minutes longer in an conventional oven).
Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan and then allow to cool completely on wire racks.
If you are like me and a bit late to the party (or am I just really, really early for next year?) Blue Dragon shares oodles of Chinese New Year ideas online:
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